verb (used without object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
verb (used with object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
noun, plural wor·ries.
- worry beads,
- worry wart,
Origin of worry
Examples from the Web for worry
Still, I worry that a simple traffic stop could have tragic consequences.
And the authorities also worry that the December fires are just the beginning.
I wish this was the last time I had to worry about hunger and bombs.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?|Niqash|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is a well-documented phenomenon which does not worry specialists.
And I worry that the world will have very mixed feelings about him.Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack: J. Law, Pitt, Clooney, and Star Wars|William Boot|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Great activity and worry is needless—it is poison to the soul.Shandygaff|Christopher Morley
"To find out who they are is what is going to worry us," added Benton.The Slayer Of souls|Robert Chambers
“Well, don't you worry, Aunt Jane,” said Francis in a hearty voice.Jane Field|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
But we would have time enough to worry about that when we discovered it for ourselves.One Way Out|William Carleton
But this was more the result of worry than of physical wear and tear.The Enemies of Women|Vicente Blasco Ibez
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for worry
Old English wyrgan "to strangle," from West Germanic *wurgijanan (cf. Middle Dutch worghen, Dutch worgen, Old High German wurgen, German würgen "to strangle," Old Norse virgill "rope"), from PIE *wergh- "to turn" (see wring). Related: Worrisome; worrying.
The oldest sense was obsolete in English after c.1600; meaning "annoy, bother, vex," first recorded 1670s, developed from that of "harass by rough or severe treatment" (1550s), as of dogs or wolves attacking sheep. Meaning "to cause mental distress or trouble" is attested from 1822; intransitive sense of "to feel anxiety or mental trouble" is first recorded 1860.
1804, from worry (v.).